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Norway’s ERTMS programme moves forward

first_imgNORWAY: National infrastructure manager BaneNOR is pushing ahead with its national ERTMS roll-out following the award of three key contracts as part of an NKr20bn 10-year digitisation programme. Formal contract signing is expected at the beginning of April.The BaneNOR board agreed on March 14 to award the NKr5·5bn trackside installation contract to Siemens. This will see the implementation of ETCS Level 2 across the entire 4 200 km network over the next two decades. It will enable the elimination of the current legacy signalling equipment dating from the 1950s, which has become obsolete and increasingly expensive to maintain.Alstom has been selected to supply onboard equipment for around 400 locomotives, multiple units and maintenance machines under a second package valued at around NKr2bn. BaneNOR has taken the lead in procuring the onboard equipment to be fitted to rolling stock owned and operated by 14 separate train operators and leasing companies. Working with the vehicle owners, the infrastructure manager will fund the development and testing of the onboard equipment under a generic application contract valued at NKr1·3bn, but each owner must then negotiate a separate installation contract with Alstom for its own fleet. The government has agreed to reimburse up to 50% of the cost of retrofitting any vehicles that were in use before the end of 2016, but later stock is expected to be delivered ETCS-ready.BaneNOR anticipates that all rolling stock will be equipped by 2026, when the Oslo area will be switched over entirely to ETCS. The whole programme is due to be completed around 2034.The two ETCS contracts follow on from the award of a NKr600m contract to Thales at the end of February for the development and implementation of a national traffic management system. This is intended to replace three older installations and is expected to bring significant improvements in performance and reliability.ERTMS Programme Director Eivind Skorstad said the award of the three contracts marked a major milestone in the Norwegian resignalling strategy, and would put Norway at the forefront of digitalisation among European railways.As part of programme development, ETCS Level 2 was inaugurated on an 80 km section of the Østfoldbanen southeast of Oslo in August 2015.last_img read more

Public service evolving in a major way

first_imgLocalNews Public service evolving in a major way by: – December 7, 2012 Share Tweet Share Public Service Minister, Charles SavarinMinister responsible for the Public Service, Charles Savarin believes the Public Service has transformed in a major way over the past few years.In his speech to the nation on the occasion of Public Service Day 2012 on Friday December 7th, he highlighted several efforts that were made toward upgrading the efficiency of the Public Service.“These include the Asycuda World at the Customs and Excise Department costing approximately five million EC dollars, the Unified Land Information System costing about two million dollars, the Online Business Registration System costing two hundred and twenty thousand, eight hundred dollars and the E-Government for regional integration at a cost of 7.3 million dollars”.Minister Savarin also expressed Government’s appreciation of the Public Service.“Government recognises the tremendous effort and commitment of Public Officers to the development of the state and therefore continues to make available biennially the funds necessary for this important activity.”He also highlighted a number of activities that led up to Public Service Day on December 7th, 2012.“This year, activities have been ongoing from April 2012 [while] the official launch took place in June 2012. The major events, among other things included a hike on segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, indoor games, football and basket ball games, a family fun day, talent night, a church service on Monday December 2, 2012 at the St. Alphonsus Church and a panel discussion on OECS integration, its impact on the public service.”Minister Savarin made special mention of the community outreach programme which serves as an avenue for civil servants to demonstrate their humanitarian spirit.“In 2010 a community outreach programme was introduced as part of public service day activities and funds were collected from public service officers to contribute toward the social cause. “From funds collected in 2010, a donation of a fully automatic washing machine was made to the Northern District Home for the Aged in Grange, Portsmouth. A stand for erecting a sink for washing was also constructed. “This year from funds collected at the talent night and the church service, contributions will be made to the House of Hope in Delices and Chances House of Safety in Jimmit. “Public Officers also visited with residents of Operation Youth Quake, provided a meal and participated in recreational activities and inspirational talks with them.”His speech also noted that the public sector must aim to set standards of excellence.He ended with these words of encouragement.“No matter what area of work we are engaged in let us seek God in all that we do. Let us pursue excellence and by so doing helping our country, our organizations, our businesses and our people to grow both materially and spiritually.”Government Information Servicecenter_img 7 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Will Hawkins come back like Collins?

first_imgBATON ROUGE – If LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins practices what he preached, LSU coach Les Miles and Tiger fans will be very happy.It was Hawkins and Miles, a former offensive guard at Michigan himself, who led the wall of persuasion to convince offensive tackle La’el Collins to remain at LSU for his senior season in 2014.Considered a prospective second round pick in the NFL Draft, Collins had a banner senior season and is now considered a first round selection.“Oh yeah, he’s definitely a first-rounder,” Hawkins said Tuesday before the Tigers (8-4) practiced for their Dec. 30 date with Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. “You can see the advantages of him staying, especially on the offensive line. He matured tremendously. It’s great for him.”Collins, a senior from Redemptorist High in Baton Rouge who became a pillar at left tackle at LSU the last two seasons, was named a first team, All-Southeastern Conference lineman by the Associated Press and the league coaches last week and won the top SEC offensive lineman award. On Sunday, he was named the winner of the Charles McClendon Award for the team’s most valuable player.“He’s had a great year,” Hawkins said. “Not much to argue about with his decision.”And now Hawkins finds himself in the same situation Collins was in a year ago. A third-year sophomore from West St. Mary High in Baldwin who was red-shirted in 2012, he is eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft. He has been LSU’s pillar on the right side for the last two seasons.“I’m just trying to make the most of this game,” Hawkins said, trying to avoid the NFL question. “I know I’m eligible but just focusing on the game.”Collins said much the same thing a year ago at this time as the Tigers prepared to play Iowa in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.“I talked to La’el about coming back because he would have more experience,” Hawkins said. “And he wanted to help the team out and help him out. It was a great opportunity.”Asked if he could follow in Collins’ footsteps, Hawkins just smiled.“I’m going to wait and see,” he said. “Right now, I’m just looking forward to this game. I’ve always dreamed of playing teams like USC or Notre Dame. This is going to be an old school game.”last_img read more

‘Everyone seems to be flying’ – Galway star McDonagh

first_imgby Conor McKenna  Galway are aiming for a third successive crown – anda seventh in eight seasons – against their arch-rivals. “Thankfully we’ve no injury worries. Everyone’sactually back. We’ve had a couple of girls come back from injury so everyoneseems to be flying it now which is a real positive,” said McDonagh. “Trainings are getting very intense and everyone’strying to get their foot into that starting 15 so it’s encouraging getting allthe girls back,” added McDonagh, speaking in Dublin as the Ladies GaelicFootball Association’s new Insurance partner AIG announced exclusive discountson car and home insurance for LGFA members and their families. McDonagh is hoping that her side can deliver abetter performance than their male counterparts did last week – and she’sexcited ahead of Sunday’s clash with Mayo at Elvery’s MacHale Park, which willbe shown LIVE on the LGFA’s Facebook Page (4pm). “I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited for thegame. The last game we played was the League final. Bit of a disappointmentafter that game so we’re looking forward to getting going again and facing Mayoon Sunday.“Hopefully we can put on a bit of a betterperformance than the Galway men’s footballers did,” she said.McDonagh was happy with her sides Lidl National Leaguecampaign, as Galway finished top of the table but suffered defeat against Corkin the showpiece Division 1 decider at Parnell Park. “I thought it was quite an encouraging campaign.We’ve a lot of positives to take out of it. We did reach the final, we hadquite a respectable couple of games. We finished top of the table so there wasdefinitely plenty of positives to take from it,” said McDonagh. Stephen Glennon left his position as Galway manager atthe end of the 2018 campaign, with Tim Rabbitt replacing him, although McDonaghconfirmed that Glennon was the only member of the management team to vacatetheir position. “Stephen was the only one that stepped down. TimRabbitt was a selector on the panel and he stepped up and the rest of themanagement have stayed the same. I think the management in place now areabsolutely brilliant and anything that we ask for they give it to us.“Everyone is on the same page and has been now forthe past three years so it’s definitely positive. Everyone has the one focusand we all know how we’re going to get there. Everyone’s on board and everyoneis of the same similar mindset,” she said.McDonagh is pleased with the new championshipformat, as it replaces the long gap after the provincial final which she wasnot a fan of.“For the likes of us that only have one game in theprovincials it gives us those extra couple of games that you have instead ofjumping straight into a quarter final.“I think in 2017 we had something like an eight-week layover which in my opinion is way too long to keep the girls focused and motivated so I definitely think those couple of games are really of benefit to us,” she added.LGFA players from left, Niamh Carr of Donegal, Áine McDonagh of Galway, Ciara Trant of Dublin and Eimear Scally of Cork were at today’s announcement of AIG’s exclusive insurance offers to LGFA members. As Official Insurance Partner of the LGFA, AIG revealed exclusive 15% off car insurance & 25% off home insurance for all LGFA members and their families. All adult Intercounty LGFA players receive 25% off car insurance. Find out more about these exclusive LGFA insurance deals on Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway footballer Aine McDonagh has revealed thatthe Tribeswomen will be at full strength for next Sunday’s TG4 Connacht SeniorFinal against Mayo. last_img read more

Softball: Feb. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgSam Houston State 11, Buffalo 0 (5)Sam Houston State 5, UIW 2Nicholls 10, Gardner-Webb 6Samford 4, Nicholls 3 (9)McNeese State 4, Northern Iowa 1Stephen F. Austin 7, McNeese State 6 (8) Northern Iowa 3, Stephen F. Austin 0Southeastern Louisiana 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (5)Houston Baptist 14, Southeastern Louisiana 0 (5)Southern Mississippi 12, Houston Baptist 3 (5)Northwestern State 12, Jackson State 2 (5)No. 9/11 Baylor 11, Northwestern State 0 (6)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, South Dakota 5 (6)Buffalo 10, UIW 7Mississippi State 7, Lamar 1Illinois 6, Lamar 5No. 20/19 Notre Dame 4, Central Arkansas 1Hofstra 8, Central Arkansas 0 (6) No. 20/19 Notre Dame 4, Central Arkansas 1Hofstra 8, Central Arkansas 0 (6)BATON ROUGE, La. – The Central Arkansas softball team returned to action at the Tiger Classic on Saturday, squaring off with #20 Notre Dame before having a rematch against Hofstra. The Bears came up short in both games, falling 4-1 to the Fighting Irish and 8-0 to the Pride. Tayler Atkinson got the win in a complete-game five-inning performance in the Kats’ second shutout of the tournament. Hillary Adams added a third run in the opening inning with a RBI on a long fly to right field that was dropped to score Angelica Gonzales who singled. After a scoreless first inning, the Islanders’ bats caught fire in the second and third frames with five combined hits to take a 4-0 lead. With one out, Hernandez drilled her second double of the season with a shot to right center. After a strikeout, Lyles kept the offense going with a RBI single to left field to plate Hernandez for the first run of the game. Galloway then ripped the Islanders’ third hit of the frame with a single to right field to advance Lyles to second before Tefft hit an infield pop fly to end the inning. The Golden Eagles wasted little time getting a lead, as Clearly had a two-run triple, followed by a two-run single for Michelle Stringer in the bottom of the first. The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the second to lead 6-0. SLU took the lead for good in the bottom of the first. Moore singled home the inning’s first run, while Nichols scored on a wild pitch later in the frame to put the Lady Lions up, 2-1. “I want us to be able to be disciplined playing our game,” Pickett said. “It’s about process we’re trying to have. I think our kids are forcing things and trying to do way too much. Our swings were getting too big at the plate. We have to stay under control and stay within ourselves and just do the things we do instead of doing a lot more than we’re capable of doing.” Sunday’s scheduled game between Lamar and Mississippi State was canceled because of cold weather. – Return to top – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, South Dakota 5 (6)CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Junior Stephanie Flores registered a season-high 10 strikeouts for the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team but darkness spoiled the Islanders chance to keep a late rally going as they tied with South Dakota 5-5 in seven innings. Sophomore Jessica Mendez went 2-for-3 to propel the Islanders’ bats, who outhit the Coyotes (1-5-1) 9-8 today at the Islanders Invitational at Chapman Field. The Bearkats complete action in the Maverick Invitational Sunday at 10 a.m. against host Texas-Arlington.  McNeese’s Dakota Matiko was place on second in the bottom of the inning. Matiko went to third on a fly out by Taylor Schmidt.  The Cowgirls left the game-tying run stranded on third after Melissa Arriaga and Taylor Goree both flew out to end the game. Nicholls (6-3) will close out the classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. with a rematch against Murray State. The Racers defeated the Colonels on Friday, 4-3.  With the international tiebreaker in place, LeFlore was put on second base.  LeFlore went to third on a grounder to Cowgirl pitcher Rachel Smith who was in relief of Jamie Allred. Smith struggled to find the strike zone and walked the next three batters as LeFlore scored on Alisa Hamilton’s walk. Smith got out of the inning after striking out Shalie Day.  McNeese tied the game at six in the bottom of the seventh when Langner led the inning off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a Marissa Taunton ground out to third.  Langner scored on a Drew sacrifice fly to center, sending the game into extra innings. Second baseball Dani Allen and shortstop Sarah Allison put the Kats on the scoreboard quickly in the bottom of the first inning. Both hit solo home runs to left field. Allison’s homer was the 26th of her career to pull her within one home run of tying Kim Damian for second place in the Sam Houston all-time records. – Return to top – Jackie Johnson earned a no decision after tossing eight innings. She allowed three runs, including two in the first, on four hits and struck out six batters. Hannah Haydel was tagged with the loss after pitching the ninth. Southeastern doubled its lead in the bottom of the second. Sophomore catcher JoAnna Booty drew a leadoff walk then scored on a double by Lemos. Lemos would come home later in the inning on an RBI groundout by junior outfielder Katie Lacour to push the SLU advantage to 4-1. Sidney Salmans’ sixth inning single was the only blemish against Baylor starter Heather Stearns who pitched six innings striking out 13 Lady Demon hitters. NSU starter Baylee Gray lasted just 1 1-3 innings giving up five earned runs and six hits. Lamar (3-6) dropped a 7-1 decision in the afternoon before falling to Illinois by a 6-5 score in the evening. – Return to top – The Colonels scored six runs in the first and plated two more in the third and fifth innings to hold off Gardner-Webb, 10-6. Taylor Hastings pitched three innings for the Colonels, allowing three runs on six hits. Ashleigh Downing tossed 2.1 innings and gave up three runs as well, and Haydel pitched 1.2 innings and fanned one. The Cowgirls would score four in the fifth and one in the sixth inning to take a 5-2 advantage into the eventful seventh frame. Katelyn Standley and Mehringer traded back-to-back doubles to manufacture SFA’s first run of the game in the second inning. Hamilton singled and scored on a Lewis RBI double in the fifth inning to help the Ladyjacks jump out to a 2-0 lead. In the seventh, the Islanders loaded the bases with two outs as Mendez tallied a single, and Cochran and Lyles reached on walks, but a fly out by Galloway ended the inning and the game as darkness prevented any further play. For the Coyotes, Yvon Minogue tallied three of the squad’s eight hits while adding a run and a RBI. Katie Dinning went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a run. Flores posted a season-high 10 strikeouts in the Islanders’ circle, while allowing eight hits, five runs and four walks in seven innings. Mississippi State 7, Lamar 1Illinois 6, Lamar 5STARKVILLE, Miss. – Valentine’s Day was not one to remember for the Lamar Lady Cardinals as they dropped two games at the February Freezer hosted by Mississippi State on Saturday. Sam Houston State 11, Buffalo 0 (5)Sam Houston State 5, UIW 2ARLINTON, Texas – Sam Houston State picked up its second and third victories in a row with 5-2 win over Incarnate Word and an 11-0 run-rule win versus Buffalo on the second day of the UTA Maverick Invitational in Arlington Saturday.  Stephen F. Austin took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and fifth.  McNeese scored four runs on five hits in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.  RBI doubles by Erika Piancastelli and Yanitor coupled with a two RBI double by Drew knocked in the Cowgirl runs. HBU started things off with a three-run top of the first. Cecilia Bauer hit a one-out triple and scored on an RBI double by Burnett. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Burnett crossed home on a Herman RBI single. With HBU leading 2-0 and only one out, that was the end of the day for Vige’. A V. Granchelli RBI single made the score 3-0. – Return to top – – Return to top – Nicholls 10, Gardner-Webb 6Samford 4, Nicholls 3 (9)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After rallying to send the game into extra innings in a 4-3 nine-inning loss at Samford, the Colonels jumped all over Gardner-Webb by plating six runs in the first and went on to earn a split on Saturday by defeating the Bulldogs, 10-6, in the night cap. Against Illinois, Jenna Holland had three hits and scored two runs. Brynn Baca had two hits for Lamar, while Marissa LeJune drove in two runs. South Dakota rallied back with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to garner a 5-4 lead. Dinning hit a RBI single through the left side to score Minogue who hit a two-out double. Dinning then came across home plate on a RBI single by Matley Jones for the second run of the inning. Allie Daly then kept the two-out rally going with a single to center field to bring Jones across. Flores settled in then to pick up her sixth strikeout of the game. Peyton Webb totaled three hits including a home run and Jessica Slater, Allen and Allison each picked up two hits apiece. The Golden Eagles increased their lead with a two-run fourth, then later scored four in the bottom of the fifth. Robles’ three-run blast put the run-rule into effect. McNeese State 4, Northern Iowa 1Stephen F. Austin 7, McNeese State 6 (8) HOUSTON, Texas—McNeese softball ended Saturday’s action at the Houston Hilton Invitational with a 4-1 win over Northern Iowa after falling 7-6 to Stephen F. Austin in eight innings earlier. In the second game, the Cardinals dropped a heart-breaker to the Bulls (4-5) in extra innings.  It was a back-and-forth game that four lead changes. Lewis led the Ladyjacks at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI on the day. Hollingsworth and Mehringer also had multi-hit performances in game one with Mehringer leading the way with three RBI. In the eighth, SFA exercised great patience at the plate to push across what would eventually be the winning run. After LeFlore was placed on second to start the inning, the Ladyjacks drew three consecutive walks to send her home for a 7-6 lead. Lewis, Alisa Hamilton and Heather Hollingsworth all earned free passes while Hollingsworth was credited with the bases loaded RBI.  McNeese (6-3) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Northern Iowa on a two run home run by Hailey Drew.  The long ball is Drew’s second in as many days. She hit her first career in the 3-1 win over Houston on Friday. In the Coyotes’ circle, Madison Frain allowed six hits, five runs, three of them earned, while walking one and striking out one in 5.1 innings. Rachel Cue relieved Frain in the sixth and allowed three hits and three walks in 1.2 innings. Central Arkansas put a runner on in the bottom of the seventh, but a strike out and a pop up ended the threat. Southeastern will close out the Lion Classic II on Sunday, facing Southern Miss at 12 p.m. in the tournament finale. In game two, the Ladyjack offense was silence by UNI pitcher Chelsea Ross in a 3-0 defeat. Day led SFA with two hits and freshman Makayla Sikes had another nice outing in the circle. Sikes claimed a quality start with three allowed runs in seven innings of work. She struck out five on the afternoon. Southern Miss had a four-run first inning and went on from there to defeat HBU softball, 12-3 in five innings, Saturday morning, the first of two games for the Huskies on day two of the Lion Classic II. Southern Miss’ (4-3) 3-4-5 batters wreaked havoc for HBU, as they combined to go 9-for-11 at the plate with six RBIs and eight runs scored. Katie Clearly, the clean-up hitter for the Golden Eagles, led the way with five RBIs. Samantha Robles started and earned the win in the circle, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out four. Jillian Johnson tossed the final inning and gave up a hit and a walk. Southeastern Louisiana 14, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 (5)Houston Baptist 14, Southeastern Louisiana 0 (5)HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana softball team split a pair of games on day two of the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic II Saturday afternoon at North Oak Park. The Bears threatened in the bottom of the frame, putting a runner in scoring position, but were unable to fine an equalizer. Freshman outfielder Kinsey Nichols led the Lady Lions at the plate in the win, tying a single-game school record with two triples on the way to a 3-for-4 performance and three RBI. Senior shortstop Megan Moore (3-for-3) and senior first basemen Teresa Lemos (2-for-3) had two RBI apiece. “It’s always good to get a win but it’s not all about the wins and losses,” Pickett said. “We were really happy how we played. We played our game and made the plays on defense. We were really happy with Micaela Bouvier coming out and setting the tone.” The Bearkats tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning on back-to-back doubles by Jennie Kieval and Tiffany Castillo.  UIW put runners on second and third in the top of the seventh, but could not bring them in.  Jordan Franks picked up the win for Sam Houston State and Haley Baros came on in relief to pitch a pair of shutout innings to grab the save.  Sarah Leal (Kyle/Hays HS) was handed the loss for UIW.  Lindsey Hood (San Antonio/Smithson Valley HS) went 3-for-4 with a double for the Cardinals. Lamar was held to five hits against Mississippi State. The Lady Cardinals scored their only run when Ashley McDowell and Casey Cromwell hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the third inning. – Return to top – “I’m very proud of how our girls responded after a hard fought game against SFA,” said head coach Joanna Hardin. “We missed some opportunities to put the game away this morning bet we responded really well against UNI. Every game on our schedule this year is going to be a fight.” Northwestern State 12, Jackson State 2 (5)No. 9/11 Baylor 11, Northwestern State 0 (6)NATCHITOCHES, La. – Northwestern State utilized a six-run second inning, highlighted by a three-run home run from Kellye Kincannon to down Jackson State (2-6), 12-2 in five innings and secure its first victory of the year. NSU (1-7) split action on Day 1 of the NHDDC Lady Demon Classic, falling to No. 9 Baylor (7-0) 11-0 in the finale. Nichols followed with a triple to the left centerfield gap to plate two more runs. Freshman third baseman Sydney Booker doubled home Nichols and scored the inning’s final run to give SLU a 12-1 lead on an RBI single by Moore. After the Colonels were retired in order in the ninth, Samford ended the game with a run-scoring single to left. McNeese will conclude tournament play by facing DePaul at 11:30 a.m. Sorosiak scored three of the game’s runs while accounting for two walks and an RBI.  McNeese added one more run in the sixth on Piancastelli’s second double of the game that scored Taylor Schmidt for a 5-2 lead.  The Ladyjacks retook the lead (6-5) in the seventh with four runs on three hits. A single by Annie Mehringer and a double by Taylor LeFlore pushed the runs across the plate. “She did really well coming out of that first game,” seventh-year head coach Donald Pickett said of Kincannon. “That three-run home run with two outs and two strikes opened the game up a little bit. We got off to a good start in that game. I think the momentum built all game long. That’s what we need to more of – come out to a fast start.” In the opener against the Bearkats (2-6), the Cardinals fell behind 4-0 in the first three innings.  Dani Allen and Sarah Allison each hit solo homers in the bottom of the first inning to put them on top.  The Cardinals (1-9) cut the lead in half in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Natalie Duron (Pasadena/Pasadena Memorial HS).center_img In their second game, the Bears were unable to get their offense going, as Hofstra pitcher Morgan Lashley no-hit Central Arkansas. The Pride (1-2) took advantage of five UCA errors to score in every inning but the first. The Bulls pounded out 18 hits and had five players with at least two hits.  Earnhardt went 4-for-5 with two runs scored while Savanna Norcio and Hayley Barrow each had three hits.  Charlotte Miller picked up the win tossing 3.0 innings of relief.  She allowed two hits and two earned runs. Katie Lacour went 2-for-2 to lead Southeastern Louisiana (3-3), as three other Lady Lions had one hit. Madison Vige’, Tori Stamper, and Teresa Lemos all saw action in the circle, with Vige’ taking the loss. Northwestern State returns to play on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. against Jackson State and closes out the tournament at 3:00 against Baylor. HBU would score a single run in the top of the third followed by a two-run fourth to lead, 8-0. With the run-rule already in effect, the Huskies exploded for a six-run top of the fifth to break the game open. Brown and Nicole Shedd had the big hits in the inning, with both bringing in two with a single swing, while Burnett and V. Granchelli each had an RBI in the inning. Burnett went a perfect 3-for-3 for HBU (2-7), with three RBIs and two runs scored. The hits and runs both tied career highs. Brown set new career highs with three hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Melissa Herman and Victoria Granchelli had two-hit games apiece. Laci Belovsky evened her record at 2-2 as she allowed five hits and one walk while striking out four in the complete-game shutout. Central Arkansas evened the score in the third inning, taking advantage of a two-out rally to tie the game. Right fielder Briana Whisenhunt ripped a double to left-center field and scored when second baseman Sarah Bigej singled to centerfield. Along with Mendez’s pair of hits, Dani Tefft, Mackinzee Griebel, Aspen Auger, Brittney Morse, Cosette Hernandez, Lindsey Lyles and Hayley Galloway each scattered one hit apiece for the Islanders (0-8-1). The Ladyjacks will play their final game of the three-day tournament on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. against host Houston. Freshman Callee Guffey (1-2, 5.40 ERA) is the tentative starter for SFA. Sam Houston State 5, UIW 2Buffalo 10, UIW 7ARLINGTON, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word softball team dropped their final two games of the Maverick Invitational hosted by UT-Arlington on Saturday.  They lost to Sam Houston State, 5-2 in the morning and then 10-7 to Buffalo in extra innings in the afternoon at Allan Saxe Field. The Colonels were held scoreless through five innings against Samford as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead before Nicholls scored a run in the sixth in seventh innings to send the game into extras, but Samford came through with the game-winning single in the ninth for a 4-3 walkoff win. – Return to top – Nicholls racked up 10 hits in the win, getting two each from Payton Gremillion, Kayla Prater and Phillips. The trio combined for eight RBIs with Prater driving in four while Gremillion and Phillips had two each.  Piancastelli led McNeese at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBI. Langner was 2 for 3 and scored two runs. Drew was 2 for 4 with three RBI. The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth inning on a single by Kristin Hebert (Humble/Atascocita HS).  Hebert later came around to score the go-ahead run on an illegal pitch. “This weekend, it was either our pitching or our lack of hitting adjustments that lost us games,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “If we don’t continue to improve through games and experience, we will continue to have our highs and lows throughout this season.” Virgoe also was hit by a pitch in the third inning – the 27th time of her career, moving closer to the program’s all-time mark of 30 set by Shante Jones (1996-99). Cecilia Bauer led HBU (1-7) by going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, with an RBI and a run scored. Shay Orsak went 2-for-3, while both Melissa Herman and Caitlin Gunn had a hit. Shanon O’Connor started in the circle and took the loss, as she only lasted two-thirds of an inning. Laci Belovsky tossed the final 3.2 and gave up nine hits, seven earned runs and three walks, while striking out one. Gonzales also scored in the third inning on a single by Jennie Kieval after Gonzales walked. Kieval and Tiffany Castillo hit back-to-back doubles in the five inning to bring in the SHSU women’s fifth run. HBU concludes the tournament against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Sunday at 10 am.  Northern Iowa cut the lead 2-1 in the fourth inning on a leadoff home run by Kristen Lock. – Return to top – The Cardinals opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  The Bulls responded with five runs in the top of the second on five extra-base hits, including a two-run homer by Danielle Lallos.  UIW got two of the runs back in the bottom of the third inning on RBI singles by Alex Alonzo (San Antonio/Smithson Valley HS) and Alex Zepeda (Sinton/Sinton HS). The Cardinals finished with nine hits with Hebert and Alonzo each finishing with two hits apiece.  Hebert took the loss in the circle after allowing four earned runs in 6.0 innings of relief. Junior Hannah Welch led the Ladyjack defense from inside the circle in the bottom half of the eighth, stranding a Cowgirl on third to finish off the come-from-behind victory. Welch (1-0) pitched all eight innings for SFA, earning her first win of the season. Southeastern closed out the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eng drew a one-out walk and scored on Nichols’ second triple of the game. The Alvin, Texas native is the third player in school history to triple twice in a game and the first since Southeastern Athletics Hall of Famer Voncia Bookman did it during the 1993 season. Nichols scored the game’s final run on a UAPB error to provide the final 14-1 margin. A&M – Corpus Christi battled back with a run in the bottom of the sixth to even things out at 5-5. After a leadoff groundout by Cochran, the Islanders loaded the bases after Lyles reached on a fielding error, Galloway reached on a walk and Tefft hit a chopper to left field. Auger then came in to pinch hit for Griebel and racked up her first single of her career with a shot through the left side to score Savannah Sandoval who came in to pinch run for Lyles. The Coyotes pulled out of the frame with two Islanders stranded as Morse hit a fly out to center field and Galloway was out on the throw down to home plate. In the nightcap, Houston Baptist (2-7) scored in every inning and battered three SLU pitchers for 13 hits on the way to a 14-0 victory. Lacour, who had her 15-game hitting streak snapped in the win over HBU, led SLU with two hits in the loss. Flores started the sixth frame off strong with back-to-back punch-outs before a single, a walk and a RBI single to center field scored a Coyote. USD pushed ahead with another RBI single to center field to take a 5-4 lead. HBU cut the deficit in half with a three-run top of the third. Gunn led off the inning with a single, and was replaced by pinch-runner Erin Alaniz. Alaniz advanced to second on a bunt-single by Orsak. Bauer’s RBI double allowed Alaniz to score and put Orsak at third, but she didn’t have to stay there long, as Alyssa Burnett’s sac fly allowed her to cross home and Bauer to go to third. Herman’s RBI double to left-center allowed Bauer to cross home and make the score 6-3. The Golden Eagles got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout. The Kincannon dinger was her second of the season and was one of three Lady Demon home runs on the day. Against JSU, Micayla Sorosiak grabbed her second home run of the season while Brittney Jones hit her first home run. Arkansas-Pine Bluff briefly took the lead in the top of the first inning. Third baseman Maria Aguilar led off the game with a solo home run over the left field fence to put UAPB up, 1-0. Allie Rhodes (2-1) picked up the win for Notre Dame, allowing one run on seven hits and a walk in seven innings while striking out five. Kylee Studioso (4-2) suffered the loss for Central Arkansas, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and five walks in seven innings. She struck out one.  The Cowgirls were scoreless until a RBI single by Lauren Langner gave McNeese a 3-1 lead.  McNeese added an insurance run in the seventh on a RBI double by Emily Vincent for a 4-1 lead.  Vincent helped her cause in the circle by got UNI’s Macey Wolfe and Samantha Nicholson to pop up for the first two outs before striking out Anna Varriano to end the game. Vincent gave up two hits, two walks and struck out four. – Return to top – The Cowgirls (6-3) tied the game at 6-6 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Any hope of a UAPB comeback was dashed in the bottom of the third, as Southeastern sent 13 batters to the plate in an eight-run frame. Heads up base running by freshman Grace DeLee scored the first run, before Booty, Lemos and senior second baseman Vanessa Eng drove in runs on consecutive at-bats. Down to their last out with three aboard, the Ladyjacks got a pair of timely two-run hits off the bats of freshman Annie Mehringer and sophomore Taylor LeFlore. Mehringer first lined a single into center to plate Lewis and Day while LeFlore doubled home Fraccastoro and Mehringer to make it 6-5. The Bears will wrap up their current road trip tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM, facing Mississippi Valley State in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Islanders tacked on a trio of runs in the bottom of the third on a pair of hits. After a fly out, Morse kept the offensive spark alive with her second double of the season with a shot to left center before Carter walked to put runners in scoring position. Mendez then nailed a single down the left field line to load the bases for Hernandez. The junior reached on a RBI fielder’s choice to score Morse and load the bases for Mickayla Cochran. The senior took care of business hitting a RBI sacrifice fly to center field to plate Carter. A&M – Corpus Christi then padded its lead to 4-0 after Mendez crossed home plate on a USD fielding error on a Lyles at-bat. On the play, Hernandez swiped third before being called out at home. In the circle, Micaela Bouvier tossed four innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out six to pick up her first win of the season. Shelby Sells also pitched one inning, giving up one run while striking out one and walking another. The Islanders will wrap the invitational on Sunday, Feb. 15, when they host South Dakota at 11:30 a.m. Danielle Phillips led Nicholls at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and broke up the shutout with a solo home run in the sixth. With the Colonels down 2-1 in the seventh, Brooke Morris led off the frame with a single and Haley Parkerson tied the game with a one-out run-scoring double. The Bulls were able to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning.  Ashton Earnhardt led off with a single and later scored on a ground out by Lallos.  UIW was unable to score in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Bulls exploded for four runs in the eighth to put the game away. The Cardinals are back in action next Friday against Iowa State at 3 p.m. as part of a tournament hosted by UTSA. Trailing 5-2 to McNeese State on Saturday morning, SFA (3-6) scored four runs in the top half of the seventh inning to go ahead 6-5. Brittany Lewis reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and was standing on third after Shalie Day and Taylor Fraccastoro both drew walks to load the bases. Lamar returns to action with five games at the Texas Invitational next weekend. Lamar’s home opener is set for 3 p.m. The Colonels got on the board in the first when Prater drove in two on a single to right. Phillips then gave the Red and Gray a 4-0 lead with a 2-run double to left. Gremillion capped the inning with a two-run single. With the international tiebreaker into play, each team started the extra inning with a runner on second. Nicholls scored right away when Phillips doubled to lead off the eighth, giving the Colonels a 3-2 lead. However, in the bottom half, Sam knotted the game back up on a sacrifice fly. After both teams were unable to score in the fourth and fifth innings, Notre Dame retook the lead in the top of the sixth. Simon opened the frame with an infield single before advancing to second on a passed ball. First baseman Micaela Arizmendi gave the Irish the lead with a double to right-center to plate Simon. In the nightcap against Buffalo, Sam Houston scored five runs in the first inning and four in the season and totaled 15 hits. Leading 8-3 in the fifth, Prater pushed the advantage to 10-2 after hitting a triple down the right field line. GWU would add three more runs to make the final, but never posed a threat of a comeback. Incarnate Word’s two runs came in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by second baseman Natalie Duran. – Return to top – GWU got two back in the bottom half after a 2-run home run by Scarlett Harris. But Nicholls answered with two in the third as Laura Neil homered and one run came in on a throwing error. In the day’s first game, the Bears (5-5) faced their second top-20 team in as many games. The Irish (5-1) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, as second baseman Jenna Simon reached on a single through the left side and came around to score on three wild pitches. Kay Schroeder led off the top of the second with her third-career home run, and first of the season, to highlight the two-run top of the second.  McNeese collected nine hits with Vincent, Langner and Tori Yanitor all picking up two apiece.  Vincent also had a tripled in the first inning. Houston Baptist 14, Southeastern Louisiana 0 (5)Southern Mississippi 12, Houston Baptist 3 (5)HAMMOND, La. – Sophomore utility, Alyssa Burnett, and freshman infielder, Libby Brown, combined to go 6-for-7 at the plate with seven RBIs and four runs scored to lead the charge as HBU routed host Southeastern Louisiana, 14-0, in five innings Saturday afternoon to close day two of the Lion Classic II. Northwestern State needed just eight hits to score its 12 runs. Six Lady Demons notched at least one RBI led by Kincannon’s four. Brittany Virgoe finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBIs of her own. NSU scored in all four innings it batted. In the opener, Southeastern (3-3) scored in every inning on the way to a 14-1 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-10), providing plenty of offense for freshman pitcher Nicole Ayala (2-0), who scattered six hits and struck out five in the complete-game victory. Stephen F. Austin 7, McNeese State 6 (8) Northern Iowa 3, Stephen F. Austin 0HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team rallied from three runs down to beat Southland Conference favorite McNeese State in extra innings on the second day of the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational Saturday afternoon at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Ladyjacks were blanked 3-0 by the University of Northern Iowa in their second game of the day. The Irish opened the top of the seventh with a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third with one out, before leftfielder Karley Wester picked up an RBI ground out and Simon got an infield single to put Notre Dame up 4-1. Lashley (1-1) issued two walks and hit a batter while earning the win for Hofstra. Shivaun Landeros (1-3) took the loss for Central Arkansas, allowing six runs, four of which were earned on five hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. Kayla Gomness gave up a pair of unearned runs on two walks and two hits in 2.0 innings of relief. Both UCA pitchers struck out a batter. – Return to top – Freshman pitcher Jordan Franks picked up her first Bearkat victory in the circle spreading seven hits over five innings. Senior Haley Baros earned a save, retiring six of the eight batters she faced in the sixth and seventh innings.last_img read more

Humans have been transforming Earth for thousands of years, study says

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Agriculture, Archeology, Climate Change, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, Land Use Change, Livestock, Research Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Some 3,000 years ago, our human ancestors were already substantially transforming Earth’s surface by farming and grazing livestock, according to a new study that crowdsourced the expert knowledge of more than 250 archaeologists from the around the world.This massive collaboration, termed the ArchaeGLOBE project, has helped build the first ever global picture of how human activities were altering the planet’s surface from 10,000 years ago right up to 1850.These estimates of the spread of agriculture and pastoralism suggest that humans were significantly transforming the planet earlier than what some recent studies and databases show, the researchers say.The ArchaeoGLOBE project dataset, however, has several data gaps and presents only part of our planet’s history. Look around, and you’ll see examples of how we’ve modified our planet’s land surface: roads, buildings, farms, plantations. But is the widespread human impact on Earth a modern occurrence? No, according to a new study published in Science.Some 3,000 years ago, our ancestors were already stripping away forests and substantially transforming Earth’s surface through farming and grazing livestock, researchers have found by crowdsourcing the expert knowledge of more than 250 archaeologists from the around the world.Archaeologists typically focus on a particular region and time period. But this massive collaboration, termed the ArchaeGLOBE project, has helped build the first ever global picture of how human activities were altering the planet’s surface from 10,000 years ago, long before there were written records to keep track of the same, right up to 1850, or after the industrial revolution.“Our open access dataset provides the first globally consistent dataset on land use over the past 10,000 years that is based on the expert knowledge of archaeologists,” Erle Ellis, a co-author of the study and professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told Mongabay. “It describes both the global patterns of this knowledge over time, and the timing of the emergence of agriculture, pastoralism and urbanism, and the decline of hunter-gatherer land use.”To piece together humankind’s history of land use, the researchers divided Earth’s surface into 146 analytical regions spanning all continents except Antarctica. Then they sent out questionnaires to more than 1,300 archaeologists, asking them to contribute their understanding of how ancient peoples used the land in those regions at 10 different time points between 10,000 years ago up to 1850.They received responses from 255 of the archaeologists, whose local knowledge helped the researchers map some broad global historical patterns.Ten thousand years ago, for example, foragers and hunter-gatherers were widespread, while agriculture and pastoralism, or the practice of raising livestock, had been established in just a few regions around Southwest Asia and the Mediterranean.By 8,000 years ago, pastoralism had spread out to arid areas such as North Africa and Eurasia, and by 4,000 years ago it had become common and widespread across the planet. Some form of agriculture, too, had spread to nearly half of the studied regions and become widespread by 3,000 years ago. Over that same period, foraging, hunting and gathering declined.“One of the key questions remaining is to what degree hunter-gatherers modified landscapes around the world through burning, propagation of favored species, and other niche-constructing practices,” Ellis said. “Though our work confirms that hunter-gatherer use of land was widespread in most of the world by 10,000 years ago, the degree of their landscape modification and its local and global consequences demands further study.”Time-lapse map showing the spread of intensive agriculture across the globe over the past 10,000 years, based on ArchaeoGLOBE Project results. Image by Nicolas Gauthier.Time-lapse map showing the spread of pastoralism across the globe over the past 10,000 years, based on ArchaeoGLOBE Project results. Image by Nicolas Gauthier.These estimates of the spread of agriculture and pastoralism suggest that humans were significantly transforming the planet earlier than what some recent studies and data show, the researchers say. This includes the History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE) model, a popular database of past land-use change that scientists frequently use to predict future environmental changes.“We weren’t entirely surprised by the main findings because archaeologists have long been critical of the existing historical reconstructions of global land use based on models,” Ellis said. “However, we were impressed by the fact that archaeological experts confirmed that intensive agriculture emerged earlier, by centuries to thousands of years in many regions, than in the land use history model most used by Earth scientists.”K. Anupama, a researcher at the Laboratory of Palynology & Paleoecology, French Institute of Pondicherry, India, also said the results weren’t unexpected.“Traditionally, Earth and Ecological Sciences have been developed with a very clear distinction of ‘nature’ and ‘natural systems’ as something apart from all things ‘human’ or ‘human-made and/or human impacted,’” Anupama, who was not involved in the study, said in an email. “For long, this has been reflected in the assumptions underlying climate and earth system models too.“Archeologists, historians and the humanities in general have known better — even if their studies are bracketed as ‘qualitative,’” she added. “This paper, though the methodology is not robust, can be commended especially for its efforts to build transdisciplinary bridges that could eventually help obtain the ‘quantitative’ land use data that is key to modeling efforts that use past data to help predict futures in our planet Earth.”The ArchaeoGLOBE project dataset presents only part of our planet’s story. There are geographical gaps in archaeological evidence, for example. Many areas in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America, in particular, have not been studied much with regard to ancient land use.“Many interrelated factors are responsible for the history of research in these areas, including resources and training available to archaeologists who study these areas, and the legacy of archaeological focus on ‘big monumental’ sites that draw tourists,” Lucas Stephens, who led the study while he was a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told Mongabay.It was also a challenge to connect with archaeologists outside the English-speaking world, Ellis said.“There were also regions where archaeologists had different assessments on land use histories, making consensus more difficult,” he added. “Nevertheless, we were delighted overall by the very positive responses of the more than 250 archaeologists that spent the time to contribute to our project.”Evidence of past land use is hard to come by, especially at the global scale. So, despite the data gaps and biases, the ArchaeoGLOBE project presents the “first approximation of the global history of land use,” Stephens said.“The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] just recently released its report on land use, food production, and climate change, reinforcing the idea that these are critical issues for the future of the Earth,” Stephens added. “But there is also a deep history of anthropogenic changes to the planet that has yet to be meaningfully incorporated in these discussions. That needs to change, and the ArchaeoGLOBE Project is a big step forward in doing so.”Banner image of Val de Navarrés, País Valenciano, Spain, by Michael Barton.Citation:Stephens, L., Fuller, D., Boivin, N., Rick, T., Gauthier, N., Kay, A., … Ellis, E. (2019). Archaeological assessment reveals Earth’s early transformation through land use. Science, 365(6456), 897-902. doi:10.1126/science.aax1192last_img read more

Life after Being Fired: 5 Steps for Moving Forward

first_imgSo your boss just dropped the F bomb: you’re fired.  This is crappy.  You’ve worked your butt off, given your all to your team, and now this.But a part of you knew this was coming — your watched as your team’s priorities shifted and you knew you weren’t the right person to help them in this new direction.  It was just a matter of time.So…what next? Guest post by Lauren Skiver, Talent Manager | Talent Market Take a breath.  It may not feel like it right now, but this is a great opportunity.  You likely won’t have many corners of life when you can sit back–without the day-to-day grind consuming your mind–and truly think about what you enjoy doing and what you want to do with your life next. Use this time well!Explore freely.  You’ve got a blank slate in front of you!  You can now look at new opportunities without worrying about your colleagues discovering your search.  Talk to friends, talk to colleagues, talk to friends of friends, reach out to fellow alumni on LinkedIn.  Ask lots of questions.  Figure out out what they love about their work, their organization, their mission, what makes them want to get up in the morning.  You just might discover something new about yourself.Own it.  Getting let go from a job happens.  It’s crappy, but it’s the circle of life.  So don’t try to hide it or make it sound like it’s better than it really is.  Future employers will check references, bump into your old colleagues at Starbucks or their kids gymnastics class and–you get the picture–word gets around.  Honesty and humility will serve you well at this stage (as it usually does).Maintain Composure.  This is frustrating, but don’t let it get the best of you.  Find a way to explain the situation to friends, acquaintances, and future employers in a simple and honest way that doesn’t throw your former employer under the bus.   Explain your situation and then move to a different subject.  You should recognize the past, but don’t dwell on it — stay focused on the future.Stay positive!  Don’t turn into a Debbie Downer and get wrapped up in your negative situation — remember, this is an awesome opportunity!  If you truly set your mind to it, you’ll get back on your feet again.  There are more opportunities at your finger tips now than any other generation.  Not too long ago, if your last name was Tanner, you were destined to be a leather tanner.  You’re now free to pursue your passion.Your goal is to land in a better place for you than previously.  Yes, the multitude of career choices can be overwhelming, but find a way to quantify and narrow your interests.  It’s just a matter of using this time to find the right spot to land next.And if you’re thinking of making the switch to the free-market non-profit space, send us your resume — we’d love to keep you on our radar!last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd cult hero Anderson: I played through pain barrier for Sir Alex

first_imgMan Utd cult hero Anderson: I played through pain barrier for Sir Alexby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United midfielder Anderson has revealed he played through the pain barrier for Sir Alex Ferguson.Anderson admits he saw Ferguson as a father figure.He told Goal: “I was very lucky to meet Alex Ferguson at the beginning of my journey. He is the God of football. For his sake, I played through injuries, I remained on the field, even when it seemed that my leg was about to break. “I felt like he was taking care of me. When I was 18, he trusted me in top games, and I have no words to express my gratitude to him. My career at Manchester United ended with Ferguson’s departure. (David) Moyes did not trust me anymore.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Norden Offloads Bulker Quartet

first_img“It is an integrated part of Norden’s business to buy and sell vessels when the right opportunities arise. At the same time, it is part of our strategy to become increasingly asset light by growing the part of the business based on chartered vessels,” Jan Rindbo, Norden CEO, commented.“We need agility and flexibility to be able to swiftly adjust to changing markets, and we get that when we charter in vessels,” he added. zoomImage Courtesy: Norden Danish shipping company Norden disposed of four dry cargo vessels in the past few weeks. As informed, the sale is part of the company’s “strategy of becoming increasingly asset light and reduce the owned fleet to a tradable size.”The bulkers in question are the 2002-built Panamaxes Nordkap and Nordpol, the 2007-built Supramax Nord Express and the 2011-built Handysize Nord Mumbai. In 2018, less than 15% of Norden’s fleet was owned, and with continued growth in the short-term operator business in dry operator, this percentage is expected to further decrease, according to the company.Following the sale of the vessel quartet, Norden owns 16.5 dry cargo vessels and 24 product tankers.”Norden will continue owning vessels. But it will to a greater extent than today be a commodity, which can quickly be bought and sold when we get the right offer. Our strong relations to other owners and yards combined with Norden’s size and market knowledge constitutes a powerful tool to identify attractive buying and selling opportunities, and we will continue making use of this going forward,” Rindbo concluded.last_img read more